My latest book, “The Sex Goddess: Debunking the Mythology of God & Sex” was first launched in June 2018 on my 60th birthday. The following weekend, after a Soul Home Sacred Gathering, we were celebrating practitioner, Penelope Gottlieb’s, birthday and I met her friend, Anita. Anita told me I should launch my book again at Skoobs bookstore in Montecasino. If I were to do that, Anita told me she would be happy to attend the launch as she was on the Skoobs mailing list and would get the necessary info re date and time.
I had never heard of Skoobs but I followed Anita’s suggestion and had the good fortune to meet Deborah du Plooy, the Event Manager at Skoobs. Deborah loved my book – “You smashed it!” – were her words. She applauds controversial authors and goes out of her way to support us to get our message out into the world. She found my non-stick-up-my-butt-ministerial style refreshing and so we set the date for the launch of “The Sex Goddess” on 27 February, 2019, in the month of love.
Deborah being her fabulous self
As soon as we planned the launch, I swiftly moved into denial about the event. When you write a book called “The Sex Goddess” and it is mostly autobiographical, the pressure is on, whether real or imagined, to present to the public as a sexy woman. Would I be able to pull it off or would I be laughed off the stage as a pathetic ageing frump by my audience of two?
I know, I know, I should not listen to my mad head but I am human and I that festering bog of lies has often sucked me in. Finally, on Monday, 3 days before the launch, I snapped into action and the creative juices began to flow: I had the cheeky idea to do an erotic number with the forbidden fruit on my altar. It was a great idea, but I was not sure I had the metaphorical balls. I mean, who has ever witnessed a minister talking about sex and going down on a banana in public?!
My lovely colleague and friend, Bishop Jackson Khosa, offered to be my MC and he came over the night before to plan the launch with me. I ran my idea by him. He got excited and intuited that it would be tricky for the men in the audience to stand up after they had watched me perform that sacred act…. 🙂
The day dawned and I was not nervous at all. Very excited though. I could feel I was in my flow and all would go well. BUT I did not count on traffic being so heavy and only having a handful of guests there 5 minutes before we were due to start.
Wonderful assistance on the registration table from Juan Odendal and Rev. Gerd Pontow
The atmosphere was very quiet and subdued plus the middle-eastern background music was so far in the background that it was almost inaudible because our speakers were not working. Hmmm, not what I had imagined.
The Bishop had called me a couple of times from the road to give me updates: he was stuck in traffic and would definitely not make it in time to start by 7 pm. He suggested that I get started on my own. Deborah told me it was OK to wait for the Bishop and start later but we still had to finish our programme by 8pm so that people could buy their books and get them signed before the shop closed at 9 pm.
I really did not want to start without the Bishop and started thinking of ways to shorten the programme. We served snacks, I began talking to the audience members I had not met before and suddenly I saw the Bishop arriving followed by more and more guests, many of whom he had personally invited and others who had been similarly stuck in traffic. By 7.30pm nearly every seat was filled.
Interestingly, Anita was not there. Clearly, she was simply a messenger of the Goddess to help me connect with Deborah du Plooy.
I will tell you more about the launch in the next blog. This was just a little teaser. 🙂
Appreciating the miracle of global communication via technology.
“The Miracles of Earth are the Laws of Heaven” – Johann Richter